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Slip-and-fall accidents: Lawsuit involving magic show underway

There is a code among magicians that states they will maintain secrecy about how their tricks and illusions are performed, whether on a stage in New York, elsewhere in the country or around the world. These entertainers go to great lengths to keep the mechanics of their acts secret to their audiences. However, an internationally-known magician had to recently reveal the specific steps of one of his tricks in a current slip-and-fall lawsuit in another state.

A man visiting  from another country attended a magic show where David Copperfield was performing. The man was randomly selected from the audience to participate in one of the illusions. The trick was to make a person disappear from the stage, then appear later at the back of the theater. The man's lawsuit states he was injured while doing the trick, according to court documents.

The man claimed that he was not told there could be a possibility of being injured as he participated in the act. Since Copperfield was so well-known, the man did not even entertain the thoughts of potentially being harmed. However, he fell after running in a dark, unfamiliar route that would supposedly take him back inside. He also claimed that there was an incline on the path, as well as clutter from a construction area.

The injuries have cost the man over $400,00 to date. Copperfield's representatives tried to keep the specifics of the tricks private, claiming that they were considered to be trade secrets. However, the judge allowed the details to be shared in court.

Slip-and-fall accidents certainly don't always occur as part of a magician's act. They often occur at places of business where floors are slippery, walkways are cluttered or warnings about potential hazards are unclear. If someone has been injured in a fall, it would be beneficial to contact a New York personal injury attorney. A respected lawyer can work with clients to seek compensation through a lawsuit against the party ot parties believed responsible.

Source: claimsjournal.com, "Trial Begins in Slip and Fall Case Focused on David Copperfield Show", Regina Garcia Cano, April 16, 2018

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